I guess you could see that my husband is not all that closely related to the Begin family, but his father did talk about them a lot when he was alive. He would speak of Tommy and Marie mostly. I am not sure where they fit in to the family.
As Caroline was a sister to his (my father-in-law)grandmother I thought Tommy and Marie had to be connected through that line, but maybe not. My FIL was born in Minnesota, near Faribault and I'm quite sure he said the Begins were there also.
Could you ask your Aunt Mary if she remembers any of the LaPorte family. They lived first in Minnesota, then moved on to Manitoba, Saskatchewan and then British Columbia. My FIL was Howard LaPorte,(died 2000) his father was Frank (died 1976). Actually, the family moved back and forth from Minnesota to Canada and back again a few times before settling in Canada. Frank was the one who made these moves with his wife and kids. Frank's parents stayed in Minnesota where they died.
Could you also ask her if she has any memories of any others of the Benjamin family. That is the line that I would really like more info on as it is the direct line for my husband's g-grandmother.
Thank you for all the information you gave - it really is interesting. Carolyn